Ray Allen McSparran, 84, of Quarryville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.
Born in Drumore Twp., he was the son of the late Charles G., and Laura (Brown) McSparran.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruth A. (Long) McSparran.
Ray was a 1952 graduate of Solanco High School. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and later completed his Master’s Degree at Syracuse University. Ray went on to retire from IBM. He had been actively involved in several Baptist churches. Ray enjoyed working on computers, sailing, and flying in earlier years.
On June 24, 2019, Jay Eberly’s treasured pocket planner said, “Go home.” He took with him the twinkle in his eyes but left behind warm memories for those that knew him.
He was content to find joy in the simple pleasures of life, yet well respected for his strong work ethic and ability to always share a smile.
Born October 3, 1937, in Quarryville, PA, he was the son of the late Walter F. and Ella M. Graybill Eberly. Affectionately known as “baby brother,” Jay was the youngest of ten children.
Jacob A. Fantom, 79, of Peach Bottom, passed away peacefully at Lancaster General Hospital on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, with his family by his side.
Born in Conoy Twp., he was the son of the late Jacob H. and Theresa (Sager) Fantom.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley (Dohner) Fantom just 8 months ago. They were married for 53 years.
Jake was a member of Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church. He had milked for various local farmers through the years, including Clifford Holloway, Turkey Hill Dairies, and Sam Long. You could take Jake off the farm, but the farm was always in his heart. He went on to retire from Ford-New Holland.
Gary E. Pennington, “Poppie”, 68, of Oxford PA, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019, while sleeping in his favorite chair.
Even though he left this world too early, Gary left his loved ones well prepared to carry on in his absence. His wife Shirley, will now guide the family forward with the help of their children: Scott, Mandy, Brad, Tori, Melissa, and Kevin. His grandchildren Ella, Ally, Cara, Nathaniel, Adley, and Harper will always love their Poppie.
Kenneth A. Danz, 82, of Sawmill Road, New Providence, PA died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital.
He and his wife Vivian Esbenshade Danz celebrated 60 years of marriage. Born in Columbia, PA he was the son of the late Albert L. and Lilian McComsey Danz.
Ken retired from the former Federal Mogal Corp. in Lititz in 2001 after 44 years in the shipping/receiving department.
He was a member of Local Steelworkers Union #1035.
He enjoyed horseback riding and attending public auctions.
Bertha Virginia Elizabeth Adams passed away Sunday, June 16, at her Willow Street home. She was 88.
She was the wife of the late Marvin I. Adams Sr. They were married 51 years before his death in 2001.
Born in Millers, Md., she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Bertha Mae Barnes. She graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester, Md., and attended York Business College.
She was a homemaker, but also worked for the late Alice Hess at the former Hess’ Motel below Willow Street, and as an assistant to the president at the Water Street Rescue Mission. For decades, she could be found every spring and fall working for the election board in Pequea Township as it conducted elections.
Mrs. Adams enjoyed gardening and taking care of her many flowers. She loved to make crafts with her mother.
Craig R. Lefever, 52, of Millersville, entered into rest on Sunday June 16, 2019 at his home.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Glen R. “Spec” and Janet P. (Wimer) Lefever. He was the loving husband of Ginger (LaVenice) Lefever for over 29 years.
As a teenager, Craig worked alongside his father, a skilled carpenter, at the Strasburg Railroad. For the next 37 years, Craig ascended the ranks and became President of the Strasburg Railroad in December of 2018. Craig was a talented musician and played bass on the worship team at several local churches.
Mary E. Shee, 90, of Quarryville, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019. She was the widow of the late Thomas W. Shee who passed away in 2000.
Mary had retired as a seamstress for the former Tidys Products, Quarryville.
She and her late husband enjoyed boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Born in Lancaster PA, she was a daughter of the late Walter F. and Ella M. Graybill Eberly.
Galen Leon “G-Man” or “Catfish” Trout, 72, of Beaver Valley Pike, New Providence, PA, died Friday, June 14, 2019, peacefully while being surrounded by his loving family at his residence following a short illness.
He and his wife Jane E. Groff Trout celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Nelson Harry and Inez Margret Grumbling Trout.
Galen was employed as a butcher/meat cutter his entire life working for the former F&S Meats, R. P. Howery and lastly at Musser’s Market for the past 20 years.
He proudly served his country in the US Army Reserve during the Vietnam War.
Larry G. Rhinier, 79, of River Road, Holtwood, PA died Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital following a brief illness.
He and his wife Marian E. Fryberger Rhinier celebrated 14 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Walter L. and Irene Rohm Rhinier.
Larry owned and operated Rhinier’s Garage in Lancaster. He then was employed by H&F Tire and A&R Tire in sales and recycling.